Friday, February 22, 2008

Moon Photography: Last Lunar Eclipse Before 2010

I am sure everyone by now has covered the Lunar Eclipse on February 20, 2008, so guess what life moves on and everyone forgets or may be some do, lol. Therefore, I thought I wait couple of days, and post my results to remind you again, and let you know that next one on December 20, 2010 - cold one again. BTW, the 2010 year feels like science fiction year.

Full Moon, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 06:18 PM EST

However, here are my adventure with the moon on February 20, 2008. To start, I was killing myself for not bring my camera with me when driving home from work. The moon on the horizon was beautiful, especially being against the light blue sky. By the time I got home, it was high up in the sky, but guess what, I was able to take some full moon photos and partial eclipse from my bedroom window and stayed warm. Because my lens was focused on the moon, it ignores the window, its just like having another protective lens cover, which I already have, and ignores the finger prints too - yes my windows aren't so clean. However, for the full lunar eclipse I had to come out, but as you will see not so sharp.

Lunar Eclipse Start, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 08:40 PM EST

The lunar eclipse was getting close, the moon was probably covered eighty percent by the Earth shadow now, and I am now trying to figure out how I took photos of the last lunar eclipse Aug 28,2007 Lunar Eclipse Over Aurora, ON, well I had to eventually dig out the photo properties. One of the things I should have also done, was to set up my tripod, but no I thought I got it good shots then resting on the car window. However, this time the moon was high on the sky, and believe or not, I got stiff neck next morning, lol. The car window did not work, so eventually my hubby offered his head, and eventually I did get this one picture of the lunar eclipse, lol. What you see here are the stages of the lunar eclipse, until fully covered (at least I think it was fully covered), and for the uncovering period I just watched, it was to harsh for my camera to bring from warm to cold, and vise versa again.

Lunar Eclipse Almost, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 09:50 PM EST

Lunar Eclipse, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 10:01 PM EST


LUNAR ECLIPSE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Well as long you can see the bright slice of the moon, focus on that and take pictures as per my previous posts: 'How To Take Photos of the Moon' and 'Moon Photo Come Back'. For total lunar eclipse, you probably want to play with your settings, obviously if your camera allows. These are based on Canon 20D SLR and 100-400mm Canon lens settings. So when the lunar eclipse is in effect, you want to change some settings at the beginning, like ISO 1600 or higher, keep metering mode on partial, and focal length of 400mm (or whatever your camera allows). The settings to adjust in manual mode are shutter speed 1/5 sec, lens aperture F/5.6 and exposure time 1/5 sec. Remember this is your base line, and you can adjust accordingly. Remember, clear skies do help, and this time I have to stress that tripod does help too. I have one, but because my 100-400mm lens is heavy it shakes for every click, I think it is time to think about getting more robust one.

64 Comments:

Oswegan February 22, 2008 at 11:41 PM  

You certainly have some wonderful shots of it.

It was beautiful. I was glad to witness it and I am thankful it was clear in Oregon.

morinn February 23, 2008 at 12:35 AM  

I was not able to witness that eclipse from my country. :( Those pictures made for it! :D

Tom February 23, 2008 at 9:01 AM  

Hi Anna,

Did you use mirror lockup? For me, this really helped. I was looking at the shots that I didn't use mirror lock up, and they are much blurrier than those without.

For my eclipse shots, I actually went with an ISO of 200 with a shutter speed around 3-4 seconds @ f8 (I have a crappy sigma telephoto zoom that isn't very sharp below F8)! I should have tried a high ISO as well, but I didn't. I try to stay away from anything above 400 with my rebel XTI since the images get fairly "grainy" above 400.

I still think it is interesting how the moon never got completely red. In all the pictures I've seen, there is always a bit of white at the edge.

Thanks for sharing your shots and your photo techniques and tips!

Tom @ Ohio Nature

priyank February 23, 2008 at 9:17 AM  

Anna! these pictures are so beautiful. I am waiting fr the science fiction year now ;) lol

Susanne49 February 23, 2008 at 12:12 PM  

Your shots are beautiful, Anna!

Bob Johnson February 23, 2008 at 12:35 PM  

Great shots Anna, it's a lot of work isn't it? even more when you got 2 cameras to keep on brining back and forth into the house to warm up, oh well worth it , like you said December 2010 next one, long ways away.

Anna February 23, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

Hi Oswegan, thank you so much for your comment. Glad you were able to observe too - beautiful is the right description for it. Thanks again, Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

Morinn, sorry to hear that, but hey there is always next time, couple of years, but it will fly. Glad you enjoyed mine, thanks for your kind comment and visit again, Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 1:30 PM  

Hi Tom thanks, and now you have to educate me on something, what are mirror lockup? My answer is - I don't know, lol. Yes I don't like taking photos with high ISO but for the total eclipse no choice for me, however, as long there was this white area, I still was able to use 200. I like your settings, may be I will try, I got two years to practice, lol. The new Canon 40D SLRs can now go up to ISO 3200, and at 1600 they are less grainy. Well Bob is enjoying it, lol.
You right about moon not getting completely red, looked like one side was always lighter, as you said. Tom, thank you too for your tips, there is always something new to learn. Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 1:31 PM  

priyank thanks for your kind comments, yeah may be something extraordinary will happen in 2010, like may be will be looking like the characters from Star Trek, with those extra features, lol. If you met the moon, yes I am getting addicted too, but hopefully the time will fly. Thanks again for your comments, Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 1:34 PM  

Hi Susanne, glad you enjoyed it, not sure if you were able to see it, or you just did not want to come out in the cold, lol. But it was beautiful! Thanks again for your visit, Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM  

Hi Bob, yes it is, especially when it is cold, but I think the timing workout good for us this time, I don't know if staying up all night would work for me this time. Last time was good because was warmer. Your photos are really good too. Glad you got the Canon 40D, good choice, and may be one day I will see some bird photos on your blog, ofcourse with moon or sunset on the background, lol. Thanks again for all your comments, Anna :)

Tietie007 February 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM  

Shit ! I missed this lunar eclipse !

Livingsword February 23, 2008 at 5:52 PM  

Hi Anna;

2010 is also the year of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, but although I love sports it would be more exciting if we were hosting the 2010 Sci-Fi Games! LOL

Ohhh you had an adventure on the Moon!

We also took photos of the eclipse from our bedroom window but it was warm enough to keep the window open. We were wondering if the neighbors would think we were photographing them thru the window! LOL

Interesting image Anna, shading from the Earths atmosphere is just amazing, looks a bit like red Mars….

Anna February 23, 2008 at 10:05 PM  

Hi tietie007, sorry you missed the lunar eclipse, lol, well 2010 is the next one so you should mark in your calendar now, lol. Thanks for your suprising comment, and visit, Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 10:39 PM  

Hi LS, yes 2010 might be interesting year. So you and your wife photographing neighbours, lol, just kidding, that happens to me all the time on my backyard. Once lady came out across while I was taking photos of the birds, she came out and ran away, I didn't even have a chance to explain myself. Now we have doubts to get the hobby telescope, next thing we may have police knocking on the door, lol. Thanks for visiting and commenting, and glad you were able to see the lunar eclipse, you are right about being like Mars. Anna :)

Anna February 23, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

Hi drowsey monkey, glad you can make it here, thanks for your comments. Nice to know someone who lived that close to my place. Anna :)

icepricessa February 23, 2008 at 11:32 PM  

those are really beautiful shots! =)

Swubird February 24, 2008 at 1:21 AM  

Anna:

Fabulous shots. Just great. It's amazing to me how far things have come with digital photography. And I'm also amazed at how many of you out there can buy such expensive cameras. When I see the results like the moon shots you just posted, it really makes me envious. But wow, the long learning curve to acquire such a high level of skill as you have. It's admirable.

Good work. Always a great post at your site.

JB's Big World February 24, 2008 at 10:19 AM  

Anna,
These are amazing shots! You were lucky to have been able to see it. Looks like we will have to wait till 2010.....
--JB

Helen Read February 24, 2008 at 4:03 PM  

ugh - I missed this! Thanks so much for capturing it for me :)
Thanks also for your visits and kind comments to my blog!

kml February 24, 2008 at 8:23 PM  

These came out great, Anna! And with no tripod - kudos to you!

Roger February 24, 2008 at 10:28 PM  

Wow!!! Those are awesome Anna I so impressed!! I hope you had a great weekend to!! :D

Max February 25, 2008 at 9:34 AM  

Hey Anna,

Such magnificent eclipse photos!!! I must confess that I didn't watch the eclipse this year cause I knew that either Bob or you would take photos of it, and I would be able to see them :). I love the moon and its effects on me, but I just got lazy lol.

One of these days I will enroll in a photo class and learn how to take pics...you inspire us to do it :)!

Cheers

Kerri February 25, 2008 at 12:43 PM  

Wow....these are fabulous!

MedaM February 26, 2008 at 4:28 AM  

Very impressive photos of the moon, Anna! Just fantastic!

Nature Nut /JJ Loch February 26, 2008 at 8:41 AM  

Beautiful photos, Anna! It was cloud cover here and we only had peeks of the eclipse but what we saw was magnificent.

Hugs, JJ

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:02 PM  

icepricessa thank you so much for your kind comments. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:03 PM  

Hi swubird, thank you. Yes I am amazed too how much I am willing to spend also for such a nice piece of equipment. However, I have to point out that there are other things I am willing to sacrifice. I am not really good shopper if comes to other non-tech toys, clothing, home decor etc.. There are things that I know money can be wasted, just for example buffet style restaurants, every time we go out with family, I tell them you just loosing money on me. But then if comes to camera and now that I took over 50k photos, then I can easily say I am getting my money worth. Now sure if I am that skilled, but I would like to thank you anyway for all kind words. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

Hi JB, glad that you have enjoyed my lunar eclipse photos. Yes I can say I was, but it was little too cold, lol. 2010 seems far, but its only two years, I bet it will feel like nothing, lol. Thanks again for your comments. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

Hi Helen, sorry you missed it, but you were probably busy working on those nice pieces of art work you always showcase on your blog. No problem, and same to you, thank you for your visit and comments. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM  

Hi Kathy, thanks for kudos (now I know what they are, lol). I think the big contributor is also the image stabilizer feature on my Canon 100-400mm lens. Thanks again for your comments. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:05 PM  

Thanks Roger for Wow. Hey with all the tutorials I gave out, I will be looking for same results in two years from you, lol, just kidding. Weekend was great, and hope yours was good too. I will be over soon. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:05 PM  

Hey Max, oh don't you worry, you have other more important things to do, that is why you have Bob and me to give you an update. But wait a second, you got a bit lazy that is the new one, lol, for some reason it always feels like you are one busy bee, lol. Hey with digital technology, its easy just point and shoot, lol, okay few controls to learn, as long as you know how to turn the car or radio on, you will be fine with your digital camera. Take care for now, and I will talk to you later. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM  

Kerri, thank you for your nice comments and visit. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM  

Medam glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for your comments, and as always it is nice to see you here. Anna :)

Anna February 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM  

Hi JJ, thank you so much for you comments. Ever seeing a bit matters, and glad you were able to enjoy it. Sometimes because of clouds, it may be even more mysterious moment. Thanks for sharing, Anna :) PS I got your email, thanks :)))

David February 26, 2008 at 10:45 PM  

I wish I was able to see this. The last time I saw a lunar eclipse would you believe it I didn't have a camera at all! But seeing your photos sort of makes up.

I never seem to get good moon photos - they always turn out blurry. I think part of the problem is that my camera - a Fujifilm S9600 - doesn't zoom far enough. 300mm I think, which is a fair bit but the moon ends up quite small in the centre of the frame. Anyway, I'll try using RAW file mode and use some of your tips here - hopefully they'll help.

I agree with your "Sci-fi" idea - although it's only two years away, 2010 sounds very scary! :)

Cheers,

David Webb: Photographer

Mr. Grudge February 27, 2008 at 9:42 AM  

Hi Anna,
I can't take a decent photo because I never learned. But, with your blog, Bob's blog, and other talented folks with photo blogs out there, I am inspired to learn. Great photos of the moon, and if you've ever read anything I've written, I'm a big fan of our beloved satellite, lol. Thanks Anna. -Mike

Lynda Lehmann February 27, 2008 at 2:44 PM  

Anna, your shots are terrific and as I did not see the eclipse, I really enjoyed them! Great shots for being taken through the window! (Your husband was very good to allow you to rest your camera on his head. Ouch, i hope he had a thick hat on!)

You did a great job on these!

Peter February 28, 2008 at 12:21 AM  

Hi! Great photo's once again! Now that you're keeping warm by taking photos from your bedroom window, perhaps you could sit on a chair with your feet up on the window sill in order to take more wonderful shots!

Take Care!
Peter

lynn February 28, 2008 at 7:56 AM  

These are the best shots i've seen of it.

Robyn McMaster February 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM  

Anna, I can't believe the amazing photos you captured of the lunar eclipse. At first I thought you used a telescope with a camera somehow. I missed the eclipse so your photos made me feel like I saw it even better! Thanks so much for sharing the tips, too.

Brain Based Biz

Hawk February 28, 2008 at 2:13 PM  

Anna, thanks for stopping by at my haunt and giving a shout.

Yup, I be still chillin' in blogland. When I return on a regular publication schedule is uncertain. However, I am visiting around and I have to tell you, these shots of the Lunar Eclipse are just SPECTACULAR!

I know squat about photography. My expertise is about Disposable Camera speed, LOL!

Thanks again for the shout and the welcome nudge to stop by. Glad you stirred by feathers to fly over.

Hugs to you and happy shooting.

DigitalShutterMania February 28, 2008 at 5:28 PM  

Wow Anna, these moon photos are awesome. I did not have a chance to take the full moon shot at this time. I love photographing moon photos.

Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle February 29, 2008 at 12:55 AM  

Yeah I agree - 2010 do feels like a science fiction year...!! Kinda scary! But soon it's here! :)
Keep up the great work with your blog! :)

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL February 29, 2008 at 11:39 AM  

Hi Anna,
I quess that you liked this moons SO much , I do anyhow, this are THE best captured ever!!! Welldone. How are you doing?

Have a great weekend
Visit my blog, see my abract Skies.
JoAnn from Holland

chris chisu March 2, 2008 at 8:09 AM  

Beautiful moon photos Anna. Glad to see your skill is improving really fast.

Roger March 2, 2008 at 9:51 AM  

Hope your having a great weekend Anna! I have a award for you! Check it out when ya have a chance!! :D

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM  

Hi David, and thanks. Hope you can see it in 2010. I I know it is nice to take pictures, but just enjoying with naked eye was just as beautiful and empowering. I think 300 mm lens should do the job. You just have to be careful, because each camera type has different sensor, and depending what motor drive your lens has too. The best thing is to have tripod, something that I try to avoid to set up because it takes too much. I wish that someone came out with some snap on rings one day that I could just land may camera on. Well with 100-400mm lens I need to mount the lens because it is heavier than camera body. Yes, 2010 only 2 years away, will see, the world is changing exponentially if comes to tech, so we will see, lol. Thanks for your comment David once again, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM  

Mike thanks for your comment. I am the same way though, even I take photos myself, I still admire other's photography, we all have different environments around us, different ways to capture pictures, its all wonderful. Trust me, with digital technology, I think you probably be good as all of us here. I will try to read your I'm a big fan of our beloved satellite - sounds good. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM  

Thanks Lynda, too bad you did not see it, but there is always another time. Yes hubby is good, and yes he was wearing a thick hat, not intended for tripod, just cold. I tall happened naturally that my lens end up on his head. Thanks Lynda again, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM  

Hi Peter, thanks, and I just have to hope that some interesting objects fly by my window. Keeping my feet up been working great this weekend, lol, as I did not turn my computer on for two days, sometimes I need break. Thanks again, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM  

Hi Lynn, thank you so much for your kind comments. And it is always nice to see you again. Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM  

Thanks Robyn for your nice comments. Telescope for me is a long way to go, but I do have it on my list of things to buy, lol. The problem is that it would be nice to use if from the house, but with all the neighbours around, never know, they may sand police on me for spying on the neighbourhood, lol. Thanks again for your visit and comments. Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

Hey Hawk no problem. Glad you were able to fly in. It is good to chill around. Thanks for the comments on the Lunar Eclipse. As I tell everyone, I think it was harder to operate the old technology than technology today, so I think there will be no issue for you to take pictures at all. But hold on to this disposable camera, its antique now, lol. Thanks for fly in, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

DSM thanks for your nice comments. Hey you got 2 years to schedule your appointment with the moon, next one in 2010. One day I would love to see your moon shots, never know there may be even an erupting volcano, lol. Thanks again, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

Hi Leo from Healthy Tips For a Healthy Life Style. Thanks so much for your comments, and yes 2010 sounds scary, and soon around the corner. Thanks again, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

Hi JoAnn, nice to see you again, and thanks for your comments. Yes I like them, the closest object and largest that you can so so much character. Thanks for asking, I am doing fine, busy and busy, but it is good busy. Thanks again, I will visit you shortly. Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM  

Thanks Chris for your comments and visit. Trying my best, but deep down I still have so much to learn. Thanks again, Anna :)

Anna March 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM  

Hey Roger you are back, glad to see you again, hope work did no overworked you. I will be over to see my award, thanks so much - now I don't know what I did, lol, to get it. Thanks, Anna :) BTW Weekend is good, always busy, but good, and too short.

JAM March 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM  

Yours are the best I've seen from that night on anyone's blog.

I ended up with a few that I'm proud of, but mainly I realized that I really could use a long lens.

A pal at work has a new Nikon D300 (a really sweet ride) and an old Nikon 500mm mirror reflex lens and got shots like yours. Much better than mine.

I got some sharp ones, but couldn't blow them up very much before noise became an issue.

Again, yours are fantastic.

Anna March 13, 2008 at 5:06 PM  

Hi Jam, thank you so much for your nice comment again. I will come around to comment on yours. I looked briefly through your blog, and your moon photos are really nice. However, if you don't have good equipment, I suggest just enjoying the moment, just watching it with naked eye was very rewarding. Thanks again, Anna :)

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